By on January 28, 2009

You may recall this headline. That’s because we’ve already used it: “Chrysler Ends Jobs Bank on Monday. Calls It Something Else. Will Reinstate ASAP.” In said post, we debunked the idea that the United Auto Workers (UAW) was making anything resembling a concession. To refresh your memory, the union said the action on the Jobs Bank was a temporary suspension, rather than an outright elimination. Today, Bloomberg reports that the 1,600 GM employees currently enjoying the benefits of the UAW jobs bank will be out in the cold as of February second. But not really. GM spokesman Tony Sapienza tells Bloomberg that those leaving the jobs bank will get state unemployment benefits and “some GM pay.” Over at Automotive News [sub], Sapienza said GM is discussing “supplemental pay” [emphasis added] with the union “as part of current negotiations.”  

But hey, at least it looks like a concession, so the bailouts can continue.

“We really appreciate our union partners’ willingness to work with us as we restructure our business for long-term viability and work on terms of the bridge loans,” says Sapienza.

And what of the UAW’s claim that the Jobs Bank had been “suspended” on December 3 after becoming the union’s “jet-gate?”

GM workers who qualified for the jobs bank were told to stay home, and received 85 percent of their pay. Seeing a pattern here? The UAW also set Jan. 26 as the date to halt the Jobs Bank at Chrysler LLC, but confirmation is unavailable. Since Ford isn’t accepting federal money (yet), the Blue Oval Jobs Bank remains intact.

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8 Comments on “GM Ends Jobs Bank on Monday. Calls It Something Else. Will Reinstate ASAP....”


  • avatar
    menno

    I’m in northern Michigan and we stopped in a VERY small town north of us while out for some color tours last fall. Stopped for some fast food (not much else was in the town) and recalled that the one big factory in the little tiny town now had a “for sale” sign on it.

    Asked what happened at the restaurant/fast food place.

    The plant was union. The car parts company said “know what? We need to talk. We can’t keep the plant going unless we can cut costs to compete with plants either real close to the factories they supply, or compete with the cheap imported parts. We need to discuss reducing your medical benefits a little and increasing the deductibles to about what most folks have to pay in other jobs in the area.”

    It wasn’t even a straight up request for a pay-cut.

    Guess what the union (and the union boys) replied?

  • avatar
    Pahaska

    Until the UAW does cave, I will steadfastly refuse to buy any UAW produced product. I prefer to buy a vehicle at least mostly domestic sources, but it will be produced by non-UAW workers in a Right to Work state.

    I am retired, on a fixed income, and I refuse to support deadbeats.

  • avatar
    mikey

    Just a few small questions here.What union caused the melt down on wall street?Did the UAW help to create the credit crisis?Is Ron Gettlefinger involved in a ponzi scheme?Name the union officer that decided that the obscene profits from the SUV/full size trucks should go into excutive bonuses and compensation.

    The unions are not without blame for this mess.But they sure make for easy targets eh?

  • avatar
    gmbuoy

    I may be wrong but the significance here is that now that these people are covered under the Lay Off provisions there is an eventual end to their support. Whether it is 6 months or 12 or 18 at the end of that time they are then given a separation package and they are severed from the company. The Jobs Bank program did not have a required end point, it went on and on forever.

  • avatar
    j2nh

    GM in particular has been losing money since 2004. The current credit crisis forced this to a head but it was coming no matter what. Nobody wants to see the Detroit 3 go down but now that I have been forced to become a shareholder (taxpayer) I can only state that if the UAW does not care enough about their jobs to be actively supporting concessions and doing whatever it takes to keep the doors open then why should I care?

  • avatar
    Kurt.

    “Name the union officer that decided that the obscene profits from the SUV/full size trucks should go into excutive bonuses and compensation.”

    I always thought this was a question that should have been asked by Congress. No so much about the uunion issue but really, the Big3 took in loads of cash since the American public bought the more profitable SUVs and trucks. I’m sure some of that was to offset the loss on the small cars required to produce to meet the CAFE standards, but I don’t see all those profits being required for that!

  • avatar
    JoeEgo

    What union caused the melt down on wall street?

    Do not confuse two different problems. TTAC has been chronicling the downward spiral of the domestic manufacturers since the economy was flying high. Do not whine about about poor sales industry-wide killing UAW shops. If those businesses were sufficiently healthy and agile even one year ago they would not be staring down the barrel of bankruptcy today.

    Did the UAW help to create the credit crisis?

    Why, yes, yes they did. By hamstringing their companies in the face of tough competition the UAW was one factor in the “0% for anyone with a pulse” sales strategy to inflate market share. This, at the very least, exacerbated the credit crisis by contributing to the free money/over leveraged mentality.

    Is Ron Gettlefinger involved in a ponzi scheme?

    What a silly question! Madoff’s career is ruined, no matter how nicely he gets to spend his time before he goes to court and suffers the consequences of his actions. UAW’s top leaders will not suffer nearly as much as all the line workers. Just because you CAN do something does not mean you SHOULD. Sucking a company dry to maintain your standard of living for 1 or even 5 more years is stupid and selfish. Cutting (really cutting – no banking) jobs and salaries to keep the companies healthy in the face of reduced market share and sales means some people lose their job instead of every single one of them.

    Just because laws and regulations have allowed the UAW to be irresponsible does not make the Union innocent in its actions. There is just as much company blood on UAW hands as on any greedy, short-sighted executive.

  • avatar
    magoo

    menno :
    “I’m in northern Michigan and we stopped in a VERY small town north of us while out for some color tours last fall. Stopped for some fast food (not much else was in the town) and recalled that the one big factory in the little tiny town now had a “for sale” sign on it.

    Asked what happened at the restaurant/fast food place.

    The plant was union. The car parts company said “know what? We need to talk. We can’t keep the plant going unless we can cut costs to compete with plants either real close to the factories they supply, or compete with the cheap imported parts. We need to discuss reducing your medical benefits a little and increasing the deductibles to about what most folks have to pay in other jobs in the area.”

    It wasn’t even a straight up request for a pay-cut.

    Guess what the union (and the union boys) replied?”

    …and when they finally pulled into the driveway and got out of the car, there WAS A HOOK ATTACHED TO THE DOOR HANDLE!

    I process these anti-union yarns exactly the same way. Zzzzz. An anecdote is not an argument. Let’s see an actual business study of how and why the plant really closed. Until then stop pulling my leg.

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